Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus review

TechRadar Labs

Battery Eater 05: 258 minutes
Cinebench 10: 6,237
3D Mark 06: 3,548

Since Ultrabooks are designed with portability and long-lasting battery life in mind, rather than raw performance, we weren't expecting a computer that was powerful enough to encode an HD video in three seconds flat.

However, the Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus held up well in our tests, even though its 1.4GHz Intel Core i3 2367m processor is less powerful than Intel's Core i5 or Core i7 processors found on Ultrabooks such as the Asus Zenbook UX31, or Dell XPS 13.

The overall score of 6237 in Cinebench is nothing groundbreaking, and it comes out behind other Ultrabooks with more powerful processors.

But despite the testing figures, web pages and applications still loaded quickly. Having an SSD makes all the difference - it loads data far quicker than a mechanical hard disk can, which results in a really snappy Windows experience.

And although it didn't break any performance records, its battery life was excellent. In our standard Battery Eater test it took 258 minutes to drain all the power, a result that fares very well against other Ultrabooks. We put this down to the lower clock speed and lower demands of the Core i3 2367m processor.

Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus review

A more realistic scenario, where the computer is used intermittently rather than pushed to its limit constantly, would certainly mean the Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus would last for most of the day before requiring a connection to a power socket.

The Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus that we were sent came with Windows 7 Home Premium, which - as we mentioned - is optional. There's no extra software bundled with it either, which is a real blessing in a world where big-name manufacturers are happy to pre-install dozens of useless applications, clogging up their expensive products.

This increases the amount of time Windows takes to load and greets users with pop-up after pop-up of registration reminders when they first switch on their expensive new purchase.

Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus review

Antivirus is catered for, with Microsoft Security Essentials installed on the Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus. This is a reasonable piece of free security software.

Once we'd run our set of standard tests, we installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview onto the SSD, and to our delight, it worked perfectly. Pressing the Start key on the keyboard instantly flipped between the tile-based Metro interface and Windows desktop, or indeed, any application that's running in the foreground. Not just quickly, but instantly.

Even as a lower priced Ultrabook, the Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus is future-proofed.

Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus review

We think the standard specification for Ultrabooks, which combines an SSD, generous quantity of memory and the high performance of even low-end modern processors, starts to make a lot of sense when testing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

The experience of using Metro on a PC without an SSD and less memory is sluggish in comparison, and lacks the same instant feel we had when trying it out on the Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus.

Although the full release of Windows 8 is still some time away, its good to know that this hardware will run it perfectly.